Tom Silargorn, the acclaimed chef and founder of the Lers Ros chain of local Thai restaurants, appears to be on the move with another restaurant concept, just a few doors down from the 16th Street location of Lers Ros. It's called Cauliflower, and it's moving into the space at 3147 16th Street that was formerly the home of Katz Bagels — which was one of those businesses that serendipitously decided to close right before the pandemic began. (The 27-year-old Katz Bagels announced its closure in February 2020.)
While it's currently still papered over and details are few, the name Cauliflower has gone up on the windows at 3147 16th, and a beer-and-wine license is pending for that address for Silargorn and business partner Rattakorn Potharam.
The existing location of Lers Ros is at 3189 16th Street.
The pattern follows for Silargorn of opening a nearby sister business to Lers Ros — he did something similar with the opening of Esan Classic, a spinoff of Lers Ros focusing on the cuisine of northeastern Thailand, which opened across the street from Lers Ros' flagship on Larkin Street in 2017. After reducing hours to just 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and doing takeout, Esan Classic closed in early 2021, clearly a victim of the pandemic.
We'll update you as soon as we learn more about Cauliflower, the direction of its menu, and when an opening date may be scheduled. Meanwhile, Lers Ros' three locations remain open, at 730 Larkin, 307 Hayes, and on 16th Street.